Kosovo, A Documentary History: From the Balkan Wars to World War II (Library of Balkan Studies #8) (Hardcover)

Kosovo, A Documentary History: From the Balkan Wars to World War II (Library of Balkan Studies #8) By Robert Elsie (Editor), Bejtullah D. Destani (Editor) Cover Image
By Robert Elsie (Editor), Bejtullah D. Destani (Editor)
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The question of Kosovan sovereignty and independence has a history which stretches far back beyond the outbreak of war in 1998. This volume is a compilation of key documents on Kosovo from the first half of the twentieth century. These texts, including numerous diplomatic despatches from the British Foreign Office, deal initially with the Albanian uprising against Ottoman rule in the spring of 1912 and, in particular, with the period of the Serbian invasion of Kosovo in late 1912 and the repercussions of the conquest for the Albanian population. The documents from 1918 to the early 1920s focus mainly on endeavours by Albanian leaders, including those of the so-called Kosovo Committee in exile, to bring the plight of their people to the attention of the outside world - endeavours which largely failed.
Further documents reflect the situation in Kosovo up to the outbreak of World War II. This collection provides new perspectives on the Kosovo question and includes many documents which have been largely unavailable up to now. It sheds new light on many of the major and minor episodes that channelled and determined subsequent events, including the Kosovo War of 1998-1999 and the declaration of independence in February 2008.

About the Author

Robert Elsie (1950-2017) was the renowned and leading specialist in Albanian affairs and the author of over 50 books, including Albanian Literature: A Short Introduction and A Biographical Dictionary of Albanian History (both I.B.Tauris).Bejtullah Destani is a British-Albanian scholar and founder of the Centre for Albanian Studies in London, of which he is the Director.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781788311762
ISBN-10: 1788311760
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publication Date: March 30th, 2018
Pages: 496
Language: English
Series: Library of Balkan Studies